Conor McGregor killed Donald Cerrone with kindness when they came face-to-face for the first time during their UFC 246 pre-fight press conference.
Cerrone welcomes McGregor back to the Octagon in the main-event at UFC 246 in Las Vegas on Saturday.
And the build-up to their welterweight clash has been cordial and respectful, but McGregor did holler a trademark one liner.
The Irishman delivered his most respectful trash talk ever after he promised there will be blood spilled inside the Octagon come fight night, but it won't be bad blood.
Conor McGregor just delivered the most respectful trash talk I've ever heardpic.twitter.com/3lzdNRvQMc- David Prince (@bydavidprince) January 16, 2020
"I have respect for Donald. He has earned my respect through his activity and through just observing him," he said about his opponent.
"He steps up. He goes through divisions also, not many a man in the business does that. He's been around so long.
"It's hard not to respect Donald. He has my respect. Although there will be blood spilled, it will not be bad blood. And for the Mystic Mac prediction, it will be a KO."
The press conference between McGregor and Cerrone wasn't the typical war of words with the former UFC double champion admitting he's "turned over a new leaf" ahead of his anticipated comeback.
"I'm still the same young kid I always was, I'm still an aspiring man and reaching for the stars, doing things that haven't been done before," he said.
"I feel like I've turned over a new leaf. I am re-energised and refreshed. Sometimes we need to go to certain places in our life to realise what he have to do.
"I'm very grateful and honoured to be fighting back on US soil, I've had many great moments here. I'm a fighter and an entertainer and to come here and give these people what they want gets me up in the morning."
McGregor returns to competition for the first time since October 2018.
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